Phishing emails – What do I look for?

I want to be able to spot a phishing email. What are the things to check when investigating and doing forensics on one?

There are some things I know to look for already but I want to get moer technical with it. Here are some things I already look for:

  • verify the sender (actually looking at the senders email rather than just the displayed name)
  • hover over the link in the email and look at the URL address listed at the bottom. If the URL looks suspicious, dont click it. I almost never click links in my email anyways.
  • only attached .txt files are safe, otherwise I do not download anything attached to the email unless I was expecting it and I verified it is from the person I knew it was supposed to come from. Found a good write up here on how to check attachments https://security.stackexchange.com/a/32931/22691
  • I believe there is a way to check the header of the email. Checking the domain name and IP address in the “Received” field which will validate if it was spoofed by a email spoofing site or someone with a suspicious email address. If it is just the IP address you can check it using a site like whois.com.
  • Also checking the validation results in the Received-SPF field in the header. Mail sent from permitted servers will show up as “Pass” in the Received-SPF field, which is a very strong indicator that the email is legitimate. If the results show “Fail” or “Softfail”, that’s a sign the email may be spoofed, though it’s not 100% certain since some domains don’t keep their SPF records up to date, resulting in validation failures.
  • Look out for how the email was written. If it is misspelled a lot, similar spellings to what you would expect making it look suspicious, sounds urgent or threatning, asking for any personal data like passwords/social security numbers/etc

Is there anything that I am missing?

How to disable vBulletin birthday emails?

Another year, another inbox full of birthday messages from random vBulletin forums I signed up for once and have not visited in years:

Happy Birthday from FORUM_NAME Forums

Hello USER_NAME,

We at FORUM_NAME Forums would like to wish you a happy birthday today!

As a vBulletin user, can I disable these birthday emails?

As a vBulletin forum administrator, how can I stop sending birthday emails to all of my members?

Can someone redirect or block emails of a specific sender?

I’m expecting some information from a governmental organisation, they claim that they already send the info via email, but I have never received anything.

They also have an automatic reply email, when I email them, then I don’t even get the automatic reply in my outlook inbox or anywhere else.

The nature and the sensitivity of the information in the mails, and the fact that I miss a lot of emails, got me thinking if this possible, a third party can redirect emails. I don’t know if my scenario is even slightly possible!

I have a feeling that if someone selectively decides which emails should I receive.

I constantly changed my password, and even changed my devices, haven’t opened unknown emails and respect all the basic security steps

Is there a publicly available source/ list of blacklisted emails or emails associated with malicious activity?

I want to build a simple tool that just checks if an email or email domain is risky or not.

Is there a publicly available list of risky emails that I can do a simple cross reference on?

For example, check if the email person@dangerous-hackers.com or the domain dangerous-hackers.com is on one of these lists.

Any ideas?

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Scraping Emails from behance.net

Hi guys,

I thinks i need to help here with this site. I have scraped 150K urls from Behance.net but none of the email scraper options will scrape emails from the pages. I have the Email Scraper Plugin and i have tried with the grab/craw option but nothing works. All other sites are fine excpet Behance, but ironically this is the most important site for me. Here is an example list of urls below. If anyone can scrape emails from these pages, tell me.

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https://www.behance.net/frederiquegravier/resume
https://www.behance.net/RickyDP
https://www.behance.net/zoshuacolah/followers

Scraping Emails from behance.net

Hi guys,

I thinks i need to help here with this site. I have scraped 150K urls from Behance.net but none of the email scraper options will scrape emails from the pages. I have the Email Scraper Plugin and i have tried with the grab/craw option but nothing works. All other sites are fine excpet Behance, but ironically this is the most important site for me. Here is an example list of urls below. If anyone can scrape emails from these pages, tell me.

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https://www.behance.net/michelapicchi
https://www.behance.net/anusard/resume
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https://www.behance.net/wallisonmedeiros
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https://www.behance.net/AJVillacentino
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